The Rice Bowl Index is a Syngenta initiative with the support of The Frontier Strategy Group of Washington, DC. The index uses open data to measure the robustness of food security systems i.e. the capacity to withstand disruptions to the multiple dimensions of food security, thereby ensuring an acceptable level of stability commensurate with local needs. Currently, 15 countries in Asia Pacific are assessed using 32 different metrics that are separated into 4 rubrics; Policy and Trade; Demand and Price; Farm Level Factors; and Environmental Factors.
Founded in 1994 in Bangkok through initiative by the Food and Agriculture Organization in cooperation with the Thai government, APSA today is the world’s largest regional seed trade association whose members include private and public industry stakeholders from more than 50 countries – in Asia, the Pacific and around the world. Our activities include the Asian Seed Congress, which will convene 13-16 November in Bangkok for the 24th edition since its inception. APSA also organizes and participates in numerous other events and activities focused on sustainable agriculture through the production and trade of quality seeds for the world. More info available at apsaseed.org
The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA), seeks to increase cooperation and investment to reduce the emissions intensity of agricultural production systems, globally. The GRA encompasses the voluntary, collaborative efforts of its 48 member countries and 14 partner organisations, spread across the globe. The work of the GRA is conducted through its four research groups, focused on key agricultural sub sectors (Livestock, Croplands, Paddy Rice) and an ‘Integrative Research Group’ that addresses cross-cutting issues including soil carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas inventories. Japan is the current Chair of the GRA.